Before Georgia Washington Junior High School, there was The People’s Village School, which was founded in 1887, and Georgia Washington High School. The history of the junior high school started with Washington’s vision to educate children, and today has reached thousands of students. She will be honored Aug. 11-13 at the Embassy Hotel and Suites in downtown Montgomery.
As students walk through the halls of Georgia Washington Middle School on Thursday, they will walk through a vision one woman had to educate a community.
They will walk through years of dedication that started with four young boys in a one-room schoolhouse by a woman who was born a slave.
They will walk through what was once a segregated school, and they will walk through a time when a community purchased land to help Washington expand her dream of planting a school in the wilderness.
As children finish their first couple of days at Georgia Washington Middle School, Washington will be remembered and honored this weekend by graduates of Georgia Washington High School, which stood until 1970 before it was transformed into a junior high school, and before Montgomery Public Schools converted it into a middle school in 1974.
“The reunion means that, for me, personally, it’s like keeping the era alive,” said Alma Watson Clark, who graduated from Georgia Washington High School in 1963, and whose…
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